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PhotoPhilanthropy promotes and connects photographers with nonprofit organizations around the world to tell the stories that drive action for social change.

The PhotoPhilanthropy community is a place for photographers and nonprofit organizations to come together – to connect, to tell their stories, show their work, exchange ideas, find opportunities and research financial support for their efforts. Photography today is an accessible and universal tool with great impact. PhotoPhilanthropy offers a transformational opportunity to personally engage in these powerful and inspirational stories.

PhotoPhilanthropy is a photography organization with expertise in using images that help nonprofits advocate for their cause, and uniting photographers and nonprofits to tell powerful stories of social change. Many photographers, ranging from professionals to students, seek ways to effect social change. Many nonprofits working to drive social change are better served to tell their stories through the use of high quality photography.

We believe that by building effective partnerships, photographers and nonprofits can help drive that change. PhotoPhilanthropy is founded on the shared passion for change among nonprofits, photographers and an engaged public and our programs are designed to reflect this passion and to provide our stakeholders with a framework, resources and support to realize their collective vision for change.

We address critical social and environmental issues by providing photographers and nonprofits with the resources to work together to create images that drive social change around the world.

We are governed by a set of core values that shape our culture, define the character of our organization and guide how we behave and how we make decisions.

We are idealistic, bold thinkers obsessed with building a better, stronger and more durable organization to improve communities and ‘move the needle’ on the most important social issues of our time.

Taking personal and organizational responsibility to achieve our goals with a sense of rigor, focus and urgency, we work in a responsive and efficient manner to support our community.

We believe in being ethically unyielding, respectful, open and honest to inspire trust in our community, and ensure alignment between our actions and our beliefs.


Shoka Javadiangilani, Managing Director
Shoka Javadiangilani has worked at the intersection of photography and social issues for the past fifteen years and has committed her career to exploring how we perceive and interact with images. After working as a photographer in her native Texas she moved to New York where she spent the next seven years at Magnum Photos. As head of Special Projects she directed global campaigns for the agency and its partners. In recent years she rendered her expertise in helping various independent journalistic initiatives realize their vision and place in the rapidly changing media landscape.

Nathan Dalton, Marketing & Communications Associate
Before joining PhotoPhilanthropy, Nathan Dalton worked for the Peabody Award-winning Kitchen Sisters, producing radio stories for NPR including the Morning Edition series “Hidden Kitchens” and the Morning Edition and All Things Considered series “The Hidden World of Girls.” He was the multimedia producer for the KQED series, “The Making Of…” about what’s being made in the Bay Area and why, and produces stories for the Know Journal Podcast, a journal about life-long learning. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in American Studies. He spent much of his youth touring the country playing music with a variety of bands but these days he can usually be found shooting short documentary films, baking bread, or shuffling through the farmers markets or library stacks of Berkeley, CA where he lives with his family.

Nadine Wolf, Communications Consultant
Nadine Wolf is passionate about the intersection of human rights, development, and new media. She worked for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ibero-American New Journalism Foundation (FNPI) in Colombia, organizing capacity-building programs for journalists and spearheading a Latin-American network of media development organizations. She designed communication and community outreach strategies for various international nonprofits and business enterprises, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Purpose, and the Jordan Career Education Foundation. Nadine holds a degree in International Affairs from the Paris Institute of Political Science and a Master’s in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University. You will spot her cruising around the city on her bike, exploring indie music and jazz jam sessions, or cooking dinner for friends.

Board of Directors

Nancy Richards Farese is the Founder of PhotoPhilanthropy and the Board Chair. Nancy is a social documentary photographer who strives to create evocative and dignified images that document the work of nonprofits in places such as refugee camps in Sudan and Uganda, post-disaster areas such as Haiti and Liberia, and communities addressing severe needs in their own backyards, such as San Francisco and New Orleans. Nancy founded PhotoPhilanthropy in 2009 to promote the work of nonprofits and connect them with photographers in order to encourage more effective visual storytelling. Her work has been featured in Time, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Marin IJ, and The Financial Times. She regularly shoots for The Carter Center, Mercy Corps, UNHCR and the International Rescue Committee. Nancy is a frequent lecturer and blogger on social entrepreneurship and the role of visual media in nonprofit storytelling. She lives in Marin County, California with her husband and 5 children.

Deirdre Atkin Hockett is Co-Founder and Director of Giftlit.com, an online book-of-the month subscription service. Deirdre brings over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry and was formerly Partner and Managing Director at Laurel Management (Hall Capital Partners) where she provided wealth management services for high net worth families and individuals. Previously, Deirdre was with JP Morgan & Co., where she served as Vice President of Private Client Services, advising clients on personal financial management, and Vice President of Corporate Finance, managing large syndicated loans in restructuring and leveraged buy-outs. Deirdre has also dedicated her time to a number of community-based organizations to advance education and has served as Board Member for Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, The Little School (San Francisco), San Francisco School Volunteers and Children’s Garden (San Rafael). Deirdre received her B.A. from the University of Southern California and currently resides in San Francisco.

Tom Reinhart is a former partner and Chief Operating Officer of the private equity firm, TPG Capital. Prior to joining TPG in 1998, Tom was a managing director in Investment Banking at Salomon Smith Barney where he provided financing, merger and acquisition, and restructuring services to a wide variety of companies and private equity firms. Prior to 1990, Tom worked in the Investment Banking departments of Drexel Burnham Lambert & Group, Inc. and LF Rothschild Unterberg Towbin. Tom has also been involved over time in a number of community and educational organizations and currently serves on the advisory boards of the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship. He received his M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business and his A.B. from Dartmouth College.

Prashant Samant is the Co-Founder and Customer Development Manager at Qrew Software, coaching software that powers personal development. Previously, Prashant co-founded and served as Executive Director of Bay Area-based technology nonprofit, GiveChange. GiveChange helps nascent local charitable organizations build capacity. Prashant has also served as the Interim Executive Director for International Prep, an education program for low-income girls in developing nations. Prashant was a Hub Ventures Social Enterprise Fellow and is an advisor at ForH2O and ImpactSpace. He holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.

Kristin Morse serves as the Chief Online Marketing and Client Experience Officer for NestWise, a financial services start-up focused on providing financial planning and advice to the under-served middle class. Kristin has more than 20 years of general management, product management and marketing experience in financial services and eCommerce – in both large corporations and start-ups. She has worked at companies such as McKinsey and Charles Schwab, and is committed to providing the information and resources that empower individuals to make positive changes in their financial lives.

Richard Koci Hernandez is a national Emmy award-winning video and multimedia producer and worked as a photojournalist at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years. His work has appeared in Time, Wired, The New York Times, a National Geographic book and international magazines. In 2008, Richard was awarded a national Emmy award for the New Approaches to Documentary category for his executive producer work on the Mercury News video entitled Uprooted. In 2003, Richard was the recipient of the James K. Batten Knight Ridder Excellence Award. His work for the Mercury News has earned him twoPulitzer Prize nominations. Richard is a San Francisco State University journalism graduate and is currently an Assistant Professor for New Media at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.

Advisory Board

Phil Borges, Award Winning Photographer, Humanitarian, Founder of Bridges to Understanding, Stirring The Fire and Blue Earth Alliance
For over twenty years Phil Borges has documented indigenous and tribal cultures around the world. He has worked on projects with Amnesty International, Discovery and National Geographic. More recently, Phil’s work has included the project Stirring the Fire, a resource devoted to promoting gender equality worldwide. He is the founder of Bridges to Understanding and Blue Earth Alliance. In 2007 American Photo magazine named him as one of the “10 photographers that inspire us.” Phil graduated from University of California as a Regents Scholar in 1969. He is currently based in Seattle.

Anne Marie Burgoyne, Portfolio Director at Draper Richards Foundation
Anne Marie Burgoyne is a Portfolio Director at the Draper Richards Foundation. She is responsible for identifying and supporting Foundation Fellows. Currently, Anne Marie serves on the Boards of One Acre Fund, LivingGoods, Mapendo International, Spark, Agora Partnerships, Global Citizen Year and Mission Continues. She is on the advisory councils for Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni Consulting Team, Net Impact and the Global Social Venture Competition. Anne Marie holds an M.B.A. and Public Management Program certificate from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

David Burnett, Award Winning Photojournalist and Co-Founder of Contact Press Images
David Burnett has worked as a photographer in over 80 countries, documenting the Vietnam War, the coup in Chile (1973), revolution in Iran (1979), famine in Ethiopia (1984), the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989), and the US military intervention in Haiti (1994). He is the co-founder of Contact Press Images in 1976, and is a recipient of the Robert Capa Gold Medal and the World Press Photo “Press Photo of the Year.” A veteran journalist of the political scene in Washington, he has photographed every American president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama. He is currently based in the New York area.

Valenda Campbell, Director of Photography and Manager of Brand and Creative Productions, CARE International
Valenda Campbell is the director of photography and manager of the brand and creative productions teams for CARE, a leading global humanitarian organization. She conceives and directs photo commissions that put a human face on global poverty, while connecting donors and the public to CARE’s work. In 2004 Valenda created CARE’s partnership with photographer, Phil Borges, to develop the “Women Empowered Project” which led to the publication of the book, Women Empowered: Inspiring Change in the Emerging World, as well as a traveling exhibition and four short documentary films. Before joining CARE in 2001, Campbell was a photojournalist for 15 years.

Lou Desiderio, President and Founder of Synergy Communications, Inc.
Lou Desiderio is the President and Founder of Synergy Communications, Inc., a public relations and marketing communications agency specializing in photography and consumer electronics. Over the last 28 years, Lou has held a number of positions in the photo, technology, and consumer electronics industries, including Editor of StudioPhotography magazine, Public Relations Director at Polaroid Corporation and Olympus America, and Senior Vice President at Saatchi & Saatchi Rowland. Lou established the Desiderio Family Charities to help feed and house the homeless on Long Island.

Keith Jenkins, Director of Photography for National Geographic Digital
Keith Jenkins is the Director of Photography for National Geographic Digital, and oversees Society’s online photographic presence and staff. Prior to joining National Geographic, Keith was the former Supervising Senior Producer for Media at NPR. In this role, Keith lead a team of photo editors, videographers and multimedia producers in shaping the editorial vision of NPR’s online content. Prior to joining NPR, he spent 13 years at The Washington Post where he was a staff photographer, photography editor, and Deputy Assistant Managing Editor for Photo. He also was the first photography director at washingtonpost.com and AOL. He began his photography career working for the graphic designer Dietmar R. Winkler, and spent five years as a staff photographer for The Boston Globe. Jenkins is a distinguished speaker on photography and multimedia. He has won numerous prizes, including awards from the National Press Photographer’s Association, The University of Missouri, the Society of News Design, the Society of Publication Designers, The National Association of Black Journalists, and the Art Director’s Clubs of New York, Boston, and Washington. Jenkins has a law degree from Boston University.

Beth Kanter, Award-winning blogger and author
Beth Kanter is the author of Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media, one of the longest running and most popular blogs for nonprofits. Beth has over 30 years working in the nonprofit sector in technology, training, capacity building, evaluation, fundraising, and marketing. She is the co-author of two books: The Networked Nonprofit with Allison Fine that received Honorable Mention for the Terry McAdams Award, and Measuring the Networked Nonprofit with KD Paine. Both books have reached #1 on the list of nonprofit books on Amazon. She was named by Fast Company Magazine as one of the most influential women in technology and one of Business Week’s “Voices of Innovation for Social Media.”

Ed Kashi, Award-winning photojournalist and member of VII Photo Agency
Ed Kashi, a member of VII Photo Agency, is a photojournalist dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. In addition to editorial assignments, filmmaking and personal projects, Ed is an educator who mentors students of photography, and lectures on photojournalism and multimedia storytelling. Along with numerous awards including Second Prize Contemporary Issues Singles in the 2011 World Press Photo Contest, UNICEF’s Photo of the Year 2010, a Prix Pictet 2010 Commission and honors from Pictures of the Year International, Communication Arts and American Photography, Ed’s images have been published and exhibited worldwide, and his editorial assignments and personal projects have generated seven books.

Ken Light, Professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at U.C. Berkeley and director for its Center for Photography, and co-founder of Fotovision, and the International Fund for Documentary photography
Ken Light has worked as a freelance documentary photographer, focusing primarily on social issues facing America for 40 years. His work has been published in seven books, including Delta Time, To The Promised Land, With These Hands, Texas Death Row and most recently Coal Hollow. He is also the author of the text Witness in Our Time: Lives of Documentary Photographers. His work has been in numerous photo essays in newspapers, magazines and a variety of media (electronic & film), and presented in exhibitions worldwide, including a one-person show at the International Center for Photography (NYC), S.E. Museum of Photography, and the San Jose Museum of Art. He is an adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at U.C. Berkeley and director for its Center for Photography, as well as Co-Founder of Fotovision and the International Fund for Documentary Photography.

Doug McConnell, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of ConvergenceMedia Productions, Managing Editor for OpenRoad with Doug McConnell, and www.OpenRoad.TV, The Traveler’s Video Guide to the West
Doug is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of ConvergenceMedia Productions (CMP) in Sausalito, California, where he is Co-Executive Producer and Managing Editor for OpenRoad with Doug McConnell. From 1993-2009, Doug was the Host and Senior Editor of the legendary Bay Area Backroads series on KRON Television in San Francisco. During that time, Doug co-authored two best-selling travel publications for Chronicle Books. In recognition of his exceptional work, Doug received the prestigious Harold Gilliam Award for environmental reporting and storytelling. Doug holds a B.A. in Government from Pomona College and an M.A. in Political Science from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. He currently lives in Marin County, California.

Nion McEvoy, Chairman & CEO of Chronicle Books LLC and The McEvoy Group LLC
Nion McEvoy is the Chairman & CEO of Chronicle Books LLC and The McEvoy Group LLC. Nion joined Chronicle Books in 1986, and served as Editor-in-Chief of the adult trade division until he acquired the company through The McEvoy Group in 2000. The McEvoy Group also includes becker&mayer! LLC, Spin magazine, and McEvoy Media, which publishes 7×7 magazine and California Home & Design. He is a Commissioner for the Smithsonian American Art Museum and currently serves on the boards of SFJAZZ, the UCSC Foundation and SFMOMA, where he is Chair of the Photography Accessions Committee. Nion is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz and Hastings College of the Law. He has two sons and a daughter, and plays drums in the rock band Rough Draft.

Mauree Jane Perry, Co-Founder of Making History Associates
Mauree Jane Perry co-founded Making History Associates, which created oral histories for individuals, families, and organizations. Clients included Women’s Forum West, Legacy Foundation, and the McKesson Corporation. In addition to her work as an oral historian with Making History Associates, she has held positions as Development Director and Editor for the Buck Center for Research in Aging, Editor for the American Society on Aging, and weekly columnist on aging issues for the Sacramento Bee. Additionally, Mauree Jane serves on the board of the Meritus College Fund. She holds an M.A. from Harvard University, a B.A. from Vassar College, and a Certificate in Oral History from Columbia University.

Sandra S. Phillips, Senior Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Sandra Phillips is Senior Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, responsible for organizing numerous critically-acclaimed exhibitions of modern and contemporary photography, including Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Since 1870, Diane Arbus Revelations, Dorothea Lange: American Photographs, and An Uncertain Grace: Sebastião Salgado. Sandra was previously curator at the Vassar College Art Museum, and has taught at various institutions including the State University of New York, New Paltz; Parsons School of Design; San Francisco State University; and the San Francisco Art Institute. Sandra holds a Ph.D. from the City University of New York, an M.A. from Bryn Mawr College, and a B.A. from Bard College.

Chris Rainier, National Geographic Society Fellow who has spent his career documenting endangered cultures and traditional language loss
Over the course of his 30-year career in photography, Chris has completed projects for The United Nations, UNESCO, Amnesty International, Conservation International, Smithsonian Institution, Time Magazine, The New York Times, and the National Geographic Society. During his tenure with the National Geographic Society, Chris co-founded the Enduring Voices Language Preservation Project and the All Roads Photography Program. Chris also lectures throughout the world on the use of modern technology to preserve ancient cultural stories and language. In 2002 he was the recipient of the Lowell Thomas Award of the Explorer’s Club for his efforts on cultural preservation, and he was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society of London.

Julie Shafer, Nonprofit Development Expert, Founder of Community Connector Consulting
Julie Shafer is the Founder of Community Connector Consulting, and offers over 14 years of nonprofit executive experience leading fundraising, marketing and mission-driven operations. Julie specializes in creating networks and communities of donors and members by providing expertise in development strategies, management and leadership consultations and executive recruiting. For over a decade, Julie was the Executive Director, senior spokesperson, business manager and evaluator of nonprofit organizations for the Silver Giving Foundation. To complement her philanthropic passion, Julie is enrolled in the Professional Pastry Chef Certificate program at Tante Marie Cooking School in San Francisco.

Kirby Walker, Founder, Omega Productions, Award Winning Independent Film and Video Producer, Nonprofit Leader
Kirby Walker is an award-winning independent film and video producer and a Certified Integral Coach. She has worked for CBS News in New York and holds an M.A. degree in Communications from Stanford University. Kirby founded Omega Productions, an educational and corporate film, video and production firm whose clients have included Apple, The Gap, Levi Strauss and Pacific Telesis. Kirby is currently an Honorary Board member of the National Resources Defense Council in New York, and Summer Search San Francisco, and has served on the boards of The Center for Investigative Reporting and Marin Country Day School. She also serves on the Advisory Committee for Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

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